General intelligence does not help us understand cognitive evolution

Shuker, David M., Barrett, Louise, Dickins, Thomas E. ORCID:, Scott-Phillips, Thom C. and Barton, Robert A. (2017) General intelligence does not help us understand cognitive evolution. The Behavioral and brain sciences, 40 . pp. 44-45. ISSN 1469-1825 [Article] (doi:10.1017/S0140525X16001771)


Burkart et al. conflate the domain-specificity of cognitive processes with the statistical pattern of variance in behavioural measures that partly reflect those processes. General intelligence is a statistical abstraction, not a cognitive trait, and we argue that the former does not warrant inferences about the nature or evolution of the latter.

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Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Behavioural Biology group
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